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My 90 yr old neighbor lady (also a friend) was admitted to a nursing home last March. She owned a mobile home on rented land. A lady that had been caring for her told everybody that the lady's son sold the home to her and she is renting it out to friends. The son hasn't been in contact with mom in 30 yrs. She is also getting this lady's mail from the lady's locked mailbox. I called the nursing home and spoke with both the social worker and the financial dept. Nobody has visited this lady since her arrival and their records show that she still owns the home and is going to be released down the road. They also said it would put her over the medicaid income limit if she were to sell it. I had to get the police involved just to find out where she was. the caretaker told us that she was "on the northside and she didn't want to see or hear from anyone except her". She told the police where she actually was. The lady does have a mean disposition and has isolated herself from everyone before so her saying she didn't want to see or hear from anyone is believable. I did call her at the home and she refused to take my or anybody elses calls. What, if anything, can I do to make sure this elderly neighbor isn't being scammed by her caretaker? The nursing home is under the impression that the home is empty and waiting for their patient to be released and go back to. The caretaker speaks little english so it is hard to understand her at times.

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My guess is that the Son, who has POA of her medical care and financial, has either sold or is renting out his Mother's Mobile home, to help pay for her care. I find it odd that the Nursing home would give out so much personal information to a neighbor, as this is a violation of the HIPPA rulings. Is their a manager of the Mobile home Park who you could speak to, who might know more about this? You mentioned that the ladies Caregiver speaks little English and my not understand the difference between renting or owning, or wasn't able to explain it properly to you. The fact that the lady is In a Nursing home says to me, that she is being Cared For, even if her relationship with her Son might be strained, but at this point, and because you are not a relative, I would probably let this go, and not involve yourself further. These sorts of things have a way of working out, without bringing in the police or Social services. Again, she is being cared for.
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There are more than a few issues and scenarios here.

You wrote the woman owned a mobile home, on rented land. Are you sure the home was sold, or was the land sold?

Do you know who might be proxy under a POA or DPOA?

If it was the mobile home and not the land that was sold, and if no one had legal authority to sell, it's a fraud issue for the police.

But there are a number of unknown facts that could aren't known and could shed more light on the situation.

Since she's a neighbor, what have you actually observed on the property? Is there someone else living there?
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I might would alert the authorities that she may be a senior and/or vulnerable adult who is possibly being exploited. At this point, she likely has a Medicaid caseworker who could start the ball rolling. Sometimes mobile home sells are recorded with the department of motor vehicles of that state, even though they're homes, they usually have a serial number. Land records could also be checked to see if there is an official transfer. I'd let the authorities handle it though.
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Are the residents from another country, too? I see two scenarios -- one where the woman is fraudulently renting out the abandoned mobile home, and another where the woman is letting friends stay there. Either is illegal if done without permission. I would let the authorities handle this one. It is possible that the son did sell her the mobile home, but that will be for her to show.
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